Some people make out that ethics in the workplace is complicated – it is not.
Let’s take the recent example of the England Football Manager who has chosen to resign after being caught by newspaper reporters agreeing to and suggesting “questionable things”.
First, unethical managers will do extra paid work unrelated to their current work, without telling their employers. If I work as a football manager but then work for a charity at weekends or using my well-known status, to selling motor cars in the evening in my brother’s garage, the unethicalness arises because a) my employer does not know and there could be conflict of interest and b) because I am so tired I cannot do my “day-job” properly.
Second, unethical managers will do extra paid work RELATED to their current work, without telling their employers. For example, if I give keynote speeches related to football for $400,000 without getting agreement of my employer, or if I set up a business on the side doing what my employer does that is unethical.
Third, unethical managers with advise (and even work with other unethical people) to break the rules of their employer. It seems that the England Football Managers was giving, who he thought were business people, a way of circumventing the rules relating to gaining a share of the fee when a footballer is transferred to another club.
Fourth, unethical managers will criticise and mock their employers, colleagues and other people in their industry.
One wonders why would managers do this? If reports are true the England Football Manager was on a salary of £3,000,000 (three million) per year!!!!! Why is that not enough? Why take the risk for an extra £400,000?
Is it simply a matter of greed and ego?